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1st Edition

Responsible Leadership

ISBN 9780415355810
Published February 9, 2006 by Routledge
272 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

While there is a high demand for knowledge on responsible leadership, there has been, till now, no source able to meet that demand. Enron, Worldcom and other high-profile cases of management and leadership misconduct have highlighted the need for such a book to provide crucial insights on key issues including responsible leadership, leadership competencies and the development of responsible leaders.

Meeting this need, experts in the field of business and leadership ethics have now been brought together to write this vital text - the first of its kind. It answers the challenge of defining responsible leadership in an era of globalization, and as such is highly topical and relevant to all those on the path to becoming responsible leaders.

Topical and timely, this first-rate edited collection provides the reader with insights, orienting knowledge and best practice cases in the field and is essential reading for all business students, academics and professionals concerned with leadership in twenty-first century business.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Quest for Responsible Leadership in Business  Part 1: What is Responsible Leadership?  2. Ethics: The Heart of Leadership  3. Responsible Leadership: A Relational Approach  4. A Compass for Decision Making  5. Spirituality as the Basis of Responsible Leaders and Responsible Companies  Part 2: What Makes a Responsible Leader?  6. Integrity, Responsible Leaders and Accountability  7. Leadership, Character and Virtues from an Aristotelian Viewpoint  8. Leading Responsibly Across Cultures  9. Towards Responsible Leadership through Reconciling Dilemmas  10. Leading in a World of Competing Values: A Strategic Perspective on Corporate Social Responsibility  11. Responsible Leadership at ABN AMRO REAL: The Case of Fabio Barbosa  Part 3: How to Develop Responsible Leadership in Business?  12. Principle-based Leadership: Lessons from the Caux Round Table  13. Leadership Through Social Purpose Partnering  14. Towards Developing Responsible Global Leaders: The Ulysses Experience  15. Developing Leaders for Sustainable Business

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Pless, Nicola; Maak, Thomas


'Seldom has a single book united so many different voices so well. A global list of premier thinkers and successful practitioners tackle the definition of ''responsible leadership''. The result is provocative and multi-layered.' - Thomas Donaldson, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA

'At last! A book that takes ethics and responsibility as serious and central components of leadership. This is one of the rare books on leadership that is worth reading and re-reading. The chapters give us a deep and practical understanding of how ''responsible leadership'' can work. It should change the way that we think about leadership and organizations.' - R. Edward Freeman, The Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics, The Darden School, University of Virginia, USA

'A unique exploration of the multiple facets of responsible leadership, this fascinating book certainly challenges and inspires leaders to reconcile their dilemmas, to lead from within with authenticity, to inspire, develop and retain others, and to pave the way towards a society where ethics and economics meet together. A great(ly awaited) work that should become the compass of a growing number of leaders for the years to come.' - Luc Janin, Vice President & Deputy Managing Director, EMEA, Personnel Decisions International, PDI